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South Goa is one of the main districts of Goa blessed with beaches and churches. Know more on beaches, area and port in South Goa, India.
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South Goa Areas

Bogmalo Beach in South GoaSouth Goa - Die-hard South Goa fans maintain that they like it better than North Goa due to its less crowded, broad beaches and lack of frenzy. As compared to North Goa, there are noticeably les restaurant and happening places. So if you are the kind who likes to be in quieter spots, with vast open stretches of greenery, then head out there.

Beaches: Bogmalo, Arossim, Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Mobor, and Palolem.

Margao: The most important town of South Goa, Margao (Madgaun), is a busy city with a gracious core of aristocratic house and magnificent churches. Madgaum's prosperity predates the Portuguese. The town was famous as a centre for learning and culture. The central church square is magnificent despite all the traffic that swirls around it. Well maintained homes from a more languid era branch off into smaller roads off the square.

Now, an important stop on the Konkan Railway route, Margao's importance has grown even more. Margao also has been an important market town for the entire South Goa and northern Karnataka belt.

Vasco Da Gama and Margao Port: Vasco sits at the southern end of the Zuari River where it meets the Arabian Sea. The Mar mango port is a busy port on the western coast and from here, most of India's iron ore is exported. There are also some major passenger cruise liners which make a halt here, bringing tourists on a short half to Goa. Vasco is an important naval command and the Dabolim airport is actually a naval airport.

Before the Konkan Railway project started. Vasco was the link to the Indian railways. Since the start of the Konkan Railway though, Vasco's importance as a rail-head has diminished considerably.